By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Northwest Christian is No. 1 for the fifth-straight edition of the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Beacons won their first national championship in school history, on Saturday Nov. 21, at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, N.C.
Top 25 highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• For the fifth-straight poll and the sixth time this year, Northwest Christian (Ore.) finds itself atop the poll. The Beacons received all 15 first-place votes and 405 points total. The Beacons won the national title on Nov. 21 with 98 points.
• British Columbia, 2015 National Championships runner-up, comes in at No. 2 with 392 points.
• No. 23 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) and No. 24 Dalton State (Ga.) are the two newcomers in this week’s installment.
• Dalton State is ranked for the first time in school history.
• SCAD Savannah is back in the Top 25 for the first time since the preseason poll was conducted on Aug. 26, 2015.
• Southern Oregon moved up seven spots from No. 21 to No. 14, which highlighted the positive movement.
• Taylor (Ind.) had the biggest fall as it dropped seven positions to No. 11 from No. 4.
• No. 15 Milligan (Tenn.) cracks the top 15 for the first time since the Nov. 28, 2013 postseason poll.
• Fourteen of the 21 conference/Association of Independent Institutions are represented.
• The Cascade Collegiate Conference leads all leagues with four teams represented – Northwest Christian, No. 8 College of Idaho, No. 14 Southern Oregon and No. 19 Oregon Tech.
• The Golden State Athletic Conference, Great Plains Athletic Conference and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference have three teams represented each.
• Former NAIA-member Simon Fraser (B.C.) has the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 40. Northwest (Wash.) leads all active NAIA schools with 17 No. 1 mentions.
• Only three teams have gone the entire season ranked No. 1 – British Columbia (2013), former NAIA-member Simon Fraser (2005, 2006 and 2007) and Northwest (2003).
• No. 16 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) makes its 144th-consecutive appearance in the Top 25, the longest active streak in the NAIA dating back to Sept. 21, 2001.
• Thirty-six teams have been ranked this season.
• Two teams have held the No. 1 ranking in 2015 – British Columbia (three weeks) and Northwest Christian (six weeks).
• For the complete ratings calendar, click here.
• For results of the 2015 Women’s Cross Country National Championships, click here. Individual | Team.
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.
2015 Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Postseason (Nov. 25)
|RANK||LAST||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Northwest Christian (Ore.) (15)||405|
|7||8||The Master’s (Calif.)||327|
|8||6||College of Idaho||314|
|12||12||Shawnee State (Ohio)||262|
|16||16||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||210|
|17||15||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||197|
|18||17||St. Francis (Ill.)||184|
|22||24||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||132|
|23||RV||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||119|
|24||NR||Dalton State (Ga.)||106|
Dropped from the Top 25: Texas Wesleyan (No. 22) and SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) (No. 28)
Others receiving votes: Texas Wesleyan 80; Siena Heights (Mich.) 66; SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) 53; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 31; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 19; Concordia (Neb.) 4; Doane (Neb.) 3; Marian (Ind.) 3; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 3.